The Child in Time


by Ian McEwan

A child’s abduction sends a father reeling in this Whitbread Award-winning novel that explores time and loss with “narrative daring and imaginative genius” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

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Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children’s books, is on a routine trip to the supermarket with his three-year-old daughter. In a brief moment of distraction, she suddenly vanishes—and is irretrievably lost. From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that effects his marriage, his psyche, and his relationship with time itself: “It was a wonder that there could be so much movement, so much purpose, all the time. He himself had none at all.”

In The Child in Time, acclaimed author Ian McEwan “sets a story of domestic horror against a disorienting exploration in time” producing “a work of remarkable intellectual and political sophistication” that has been adapted into a PBS Masterpiece movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

“A beautifully rendered, very disturbing novel.” —Publishers Weekly

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Book Condition

Used – Okay




263 pages, 130×200 mm


First published in 1987


Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction


Whitbread Award (1987), Prix Femina for Étranger (1993)

The Child in Time


1 in stock